Tonight the Building Champions Experience (BCE) kicked off with a powerful and emotional presentation from Building Champions' CEO, Daniel Harkavy. The theme of BCE 2011 is Contribution and tonight Daniel shared five lessons he has recently learned about "giving back" regardless of whether your current reality is positive or negative. In order for us to be contributing and making a difference, Daniel encouraged us to do the following:
Lesson 1: Connect with your purpose. If you do not know or connect with your purpose you risk one day waking up with serious regrets in life. If your purpose is currently to live a perfect life, have everything you've always wanted, and project a flawless persona then you are missing tremendous opportunities to connect, help others, and make a difference in the lives of those you love and serve each day. It's hard to see the needs of others when you are so focused on yourself and image.
Lesson 2: Row against the current. When you make service a part of your purpose in life and you start live out this purpose by connecting with others, equiping them, and serving them, you will face opposition. People will tell you it is a waste of time, that your not good enough to do it, and they will question your motives. You have to keep pressing on and going against the current of our culture that tells you life is all about you.
Lesson 3: Clarify your role. As a parent or leader your job is to clearly articulate your vision and purpose to those you love and serve. They will look to you as the person setting the pace and doing the behaviors necessary to lead them through life. If they see chaos in the way you approach challenging times they might jump ship. Then you lose all opportunity to equip them and help them become healthy contributors.
Lesson 4: Remember, you are being watched. Your wife, children, neighbors, co-workers, and friends are all watching to see how you act. You may talk a great talk, but if you don't follow it up with action then people will not follow you and trust you. It is your job to equip those you love with the behaviors, tools, and attitude to live a life of service and contribution.
Lesson 5: Surround yourself with the right people. In order to have the greatest impact on the people in your life you must connect with them regularly. Make time in your day for your loved ones. These people need to be positive and encouraging to you. They should support your vision and purpose in life. During challening times they will be there to encourage and support you; pick you up and tell you to keep up the good fight.
Daniel then went on to give two calls to action. The first call to action addressed those of us that are contributing and helping people each day. He encouraged us to keep having those meaningful conversations with neighbors, our children, and even people we don't know very well. He reminded us that a simple "thank you" might be the only positive words spoken to someone all day.
The second call to action was to those of us that are in a season of life where we feel beat up and unable to contribute. Perhaps this feeling of inability stems from financial and health hardships. Perhaps its from a bad experience in the past where you did contribute but got burned. He encouraged us to not give up. He encourage us to find a way to serve again with no expectations for recognition or reward.
Daniel's presentation was powerful because he drew on personal experiences and shared his own struggle with being a person that makes a healthy positive contribution. His candidness and transparency was inspiring.
It was a great start to the Building Champions Experience and reminded me of how blessed I am to be here this week surrounded by professionals that want to make a difference in the lives of those the love and serve each day.
Make it a great day!